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Alienware drops first ever ultrawide quantum dot OLED gaming display

By Hoots the Owl - on 6 Jan 2022, 9:40pm

Alienware drops first ever ultrawide quantum dot OLED gaming display

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Alienware has introduced what it says is the world's first quantum dot OLED gaming monitor, the Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED Gaming Monitor AW3423DW. It's big, beautiful, and with a brilliant display that delivers colours that leap off the screen. The 1800R curvature is less drastic than the 1000R curve on Samsung's Odyssey monitors, but the new Legend 2.0 design still makes it quite the head-turner. 

Its predominantly white chassis gives it a uniquely elegant look, complete with AlienFX lighting on the back that can be customised to your liking.

But what makes this screen special is its Quantum Dot OLED, or QD-OLED, display technology. The panel is manufactured by Samsung, a departure from the OLED panels more commonly sourced from LG Display. To hear Alienware tell it, it basically combines the image quality of OLED with Quantum Dot to create vibrant, life-like colours. It works by directly converting blue light into the primary colours of red and green through the Quantum Dot pixel layer, ensuring consistent colour uniformity, wide colour coverage, and a higher peak luminance.

A dedicated Creator Mode preset also lets you switch between the native DCI-P3 and sRGB colour spaces to suit the work at hand. 

And if you're worried about OLED burn-in, the company is standing behind the screen with a 3-year limited hardware warranty that covers just that. 

The screen features up to a 175Hz variable refresh rate and speedy 0.1ms GTG response times, so it's suitable for fast-paced games as well. You'll need to use the DisplayPort input to enjoy the highest refresh rate though, and the two HDMI 2.0 ports will only support up to 100Hz at the native 3,440 x 1,400-pixel resolution. 

NVIDIA G-Sync Ultimate is supported too. That's the highest tier of the G-Sync certification, promising lifelike HDR, stunning contrast, and ultra-low latency gameplay, in addition to buttery smooth frames.

There's no word yet on how much it will cost, but you can be sure it will be expensive. The monitor is slated for release sometime in early 2022. 

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